A life less ordinary: Foster carers' views and experiences of negative peer interactions in fostering households

Christine Barter, Eleanor Lutman

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore negative peer interactions in foster care. Looked after children and young people have highlighted the impact of negative peer interactions, and especially peer violence and intimidation, on their care experiences. However, to date, no specific fostering research has addressed this important issue. In response to this gap, we undertook focus groups with 32 foster carers in the South West of England. Group discussions were semi‐structured based around the issue of negative peer interactions in foster care. The analysis revealed five main associated themes: the impact on the carers' birth children; a lack of placement planning; inadequate referral information; a negative view of social work support; and insufficient external interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-286
Number of pages14
JournalChild Abuse Review
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • safeguarding children
  • foster care
  • peer violence
  • behaviour difficulties
  • outcomes

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